Frequent headaches and some lumps

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   Posted 3/19/2011 10:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry if this doesn't belong here but I don't really know where to start.
I have pretty consistent headaches and sharp pains behind my eyes. I also have several penny to oreo sized (in diameter) lumps under the skin in my scalp all within my hair. There is no redness or sores and they are pretty flat and fairly hard.
Interestingly, most of them seem to run right along the top edge of the tempular ( I think its called) muscles. The ones that flex when you clench your jaw.

Any ideas? Thanks!

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   Posted 3/20/2011 2:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi calisonic!

And welcome to the CP forum family. You posted this in just the right place, to start. When you find out exactly what is causing your headaches you may then want to visit that forum too. I frequent at least 2/day ~ this forum and the Fibromyalgia forum.

Have you had your doctor check these raised areas? I did some reading online to see what types of things these might be. I found what I suspected that there are many things and only one is dangerous. It could be anything from infections both bacterial or viral, to dermatitis, cysts, tumors and yes, even cancer is a possibility. The odds are in your favor now. BUT...please don't let that keep you from going to the doctor and having it checked. That is the only way you're going to know what you are dealing with. This way you will not only find out but you will be able to stop worrying. For me the fear of not knowing is much worse that the truth.

Good luck!
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   Posted 3/20/2011 5:19 AM (GMT -6)   

Welcome Cali and I agree with Chutz here. You definately need to get that checked as noted not very many of what I found looked to be life threatening many of them required tx and besides Im sure you're getting alittle tired of the headache.

Not to worry when it comes to pain of any kind this is the place you want to be,a wealth of great folks who have oodles of expertise,sadly enough with pain itself.

Please feel free to post as often as you like and do let us know what you find out.

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   Posted 3/20/2011 9:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the welcome folks. I want to get them checked however I currently have no job and no insurance but I'll call and see how much it would cost.
I should mention that tue headaches are not pretty much clcompletely random and and come on/go away at any time and that it may be allergies as there is pollen everywhere right now. My mother who is an rn looked at them and said they looked like lipomas (sp) which arr are fairly common I guess.
Anyway, she mentioned not to worry about it unless they change.

If I do get them checked I will be sure to post it here.

Thanks again.

Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 3/21/2011 11:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Dear Cali,

    Good morning! Welcome to the Healing Well Community! My name is Dani and it is very nice to meet you  :-)

    I am terribly sorry that you are having so much pain. The lumps are very concerning and since the headaches come and go without any "triggers" I would get it checked immediately. I noticed you mentioned that you did not have health insurance. Well! Do you have a university hospital near you? I ask because all university hospitals offer low or now cost health insurance :-)    Just call the "main" number (switchboard) and ask for the number and to be transferred. Many times all you need to do is write down a list of needed documentation, go to an "appointment" time to bring in your information.

    I hope you are able to get to the bottom of things.


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